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  1. Stack Exchange message counter
  2. Stack Overflow popup notification bar
  3. Mailbox icon

And I see this basically every day! It's not like I haven't visited the site in six months and I need the notification bar to tell me something has changed, I GET IT.

Suggestion: Lose the popup notification bar if item count < 20, or if last visit date < 1 week, or if it's toggled off manually in a preference option somewhere.

The Stack Exchange message count indicator I'm okay with as well as the mailbox icon, since they're subdued, unlike the popup notification bar, which repops on ever page I visit until I look at my favorites.

It's very frustrating.

  • 2
    I don't agree - I'm very happy with the notifications - so -1, but +1 for the freehand circle sad face = +-0.
    – Pekka
    Oct 30, 2010 at 17:42
  • 2
    Well the favorite one get's annoying if it's on one of the infamous CW questions
    – Ivo Flipse
    Oct 30, 2010 at 17:48
  • 1
    I agree. Given the stack exchange counter, do we need pop-ups? Jan 4, 2011 at 1:18
  • 2
    +1 I agree 100 percent, I thought I was the only one who noticed this. Didn't Joel write some book about interfaces cause he needs to apply that book to the site...it's awful
    – JonH
    Jan 4, 2011 at 1:20
  • Although I think "awful" may be a bit too strong, I would say that the notification bar messages(3) could easily be merged into the SE notification counter(1). Perhaps the "mailbox icon" could be merged into the account pages?
    – oKtosiTe
    Jan 4, 2011 at 1:33
  • Damn those are nice circles!
    – Trufa
    Feb 3, 2011 at 2:25
  • noooooooooooooooo I liked having the banner on the sites I hadn't visited in a while to remind me that I may have skipped the inbox notification in the interim.
    – jcolebrand
    Jun 28, 2011 at 3:02

2 Answers 2


Items #2 and #3 are no longer present, basically, so this is resolved.


I'd be happy if popups didn't appear on question pages, especially if I've already visited the site that day. The main page and profile pages could continue to be 'busy' if needed.

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